[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.a.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/16/art.rae.jpg caption=”The 2008 presidential election is the first that superdelegate Jason Rae will be able to vote in.”]
Not too many kids tell their parents who to vote for when they are 5 years old or ask their fourth-grade teacher to watch the presidential inauguration. But what would you expect from a 21-year-old superdelegate?
Jason Rae went from being a U.S. Senate page to the youngest elected representative of the Democratic National Committee while he was in high school. He actually couldn’t vote when he was first elected because he was six months shy of 18. But he wanted to represent what he calls “America’s next generation.” So, he and his friends hand-painted posters with the slogan “A ray of hope for the future.” It worked.
What about his future? Rae says, “I remember back in kindergarten saying I wanted to run for president, but I’ll settle for an elected office.” These days he is relishing the fact he’s being wooed by both sides for his coveted vote in the close Democratic race for the 2008 presidential nomination — dining with Sen. Hillary Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, meeting with Sen. Barack Obama and chatting with the highest-profile politicians from across the country.
How will he vote? He hasn’t said, but we’ll try to get it out of him.
Update: Watch the CNN.com Live interview
We trust that you will vote for whomever is the best for the country!
If this young superdelegate does not vote the way of the people that elected him…they should consider replacing him. The whole idea of superdelegates deciding the nominee is more reason for me as a Democrat to switch to an Independant. I believe that many other Democrats will do the same.
Its interesting that Jason has decided to keep his intentions a secret publicly. It appears that he loves the attention and likes to be contacted and massaged by all the candidates. To suggest that someone as active in politics as Jason Rae does not have a postion is insane. The fact is that Jason Rae probably hasn’t rcvd much attention his entire life and now he is basking in the spotlight. Soak it up your fifteen minutes is almost up.
Let’s hope his vote reflects the people he claims to represent.
I know Jason, he actually hasn’t made up his mind, but as mike said, he better vote the way of the people. Or I will also be leaving the democratic party
Well since Jason is a Wisconsin citizen he will have to make a selection today. Will he make his intentions known after he votes? Probably not, because as I suggested he likes the attention, and once he makes his intentions known the attention diminishes.
I’m sorry – I don’t want to come off as age biased, and I’m not much older than this guy myself (27) – but I cringe at the idea of this kid having so much say personally in the nomination of a presidential candidate. I’m not sure exactly what position he was “elected” to in the DNC, but whatever it is the intention must not have been to give a 21 year old such a staggeringly important position in such a staggeringly important presidential race.
So how does one become a super delegate?
No one knows how this works. Please elighten us all how someone not of age to vote gets this type of appointment?
I hope he will stand true to his initial message of “Hope for the future”. Better set the hopeful ground now if you want the reflection of your “ray” to shine in the future. Hope you choose with a generational mindset, Rae.
It is a shame that the process may be decided by who treated a 21 year old best. Gave him the best chance to be in the lime light again. Is this the way things really run woo me and I will vote for you. Has the issues of the race been replaced by perks. Jason should look at the issues and what the people of his state want, that is the intention of the job not to get what he can for his vote.
Further proving how arbitrary the primary election process may end up being. Sigh.
Hi Jason, My name is Scott I am a City Councilman from Oregon. I was the youngest ever elected official for my city at 23. As a City Councilman I often recieve comments about what we all need to do better as elected representatives. When I tell them how they can help make a difference and get involved they almost act offended and say stuff like “I am to busy” and “who has time for that”. I was wondering if you had any ideas on how to motivate the next generations to take action and work towards a better future for all of us? The younger generation seems to be motivated by different stuff then the older generations. So I personaly think we need to change the way politics are done in D.C. and look more towards team building and working together to make a real difference and quit spending money on specail projects that favor specail groups or communities.
Pay close attention on the issues,keep your choice to yourself till voting and don’t be swayed by the hype.Pick the person who can take us to the best place as a nation.It’s a tough choice this time around as both candidates are fully qualified and I am having a tough time deciding myself.
Those who keep criticizing this “kid” should at least give him some credit for figuring out a system the rest of us are stumped by.
Thanks for representing the young ADULTS of our country.
When Jason has a mortgage, a family and bills to manage maybe then I can take this superdelegate stuff amongst this age group more seriously. Right now he is probably one of the many being led like sheep by “ideals” and lots of rhetoric.
The notion that this person is too young to decide in such an important election is the most mind-numbingly idiotic thing I’ve ever heard. I think the superdelegate vote is awful for democracy, and I think that should be the focus… not on the age of a particular superdelegate. I’m 25 and I basically run an office of seasoned professionals in their 50’s. What makes his 21 year old opinion any less valuable than a crusty 60 year old superdelegate’s opinion? For any of you criticizing his age, I’d like to hear one viable and logical reason other than your pathetic age bias.
Geez, thanks Scott McKee for following the appropriateness of this forum! The preceeding remarks seem nothing shy of assailing on Jason’s age, personality, and integrity. In particular, someone who would use a screen name like “Hillary2008” making slams such as posted on this forum. Certainly doesn’t help the Clinton effort.
Unless I am wrong, the challenge at the end of the story was to send a question to Jason using the comments section. Scott and MB actually posted questions, and only GoRae and Jason had nice things to say on here. What a shame to bash someone just because of their age and one’s perception that all he is in this for is a little fame.
This is awesome… since my last post, now folks are coming out in support of what is truly important! We are the influence of the future and Jason has a real jump start on it.
I am a young political activist myself, and started getting involved before I was old enough to vote. In all the things I have done I have had the privilege of dining with congressmen, senators, and have even had the honor of sitting at the table with one president. It is very fulfilling, and I never did it for the fame.
My question to you Jason is, once this convention is over, do you have any aspirations to seek elected office in your hometown? I think you would be very effective and by the way, congrats on the convention man!
To think that a kid (and yes, Ryan, he is a KID and so are you) has so much political power makes me uneasy. And Ryan, be careful of your criticisms of those older than you, some day you very well could be the 50 something professional being bossed around by some young manager in their twenties. With ages does bring experience, and the measure of a person is how they use their life experiences. Do those older than Jason Rae make better decisions? Not always. But theres a better CHANCE someone with more experience will make a better decision than this wonderful young man who has not yet experienced the incredible ups and horrible downs life has in store. I completely support these young men who are making their way in a tough world, looking to make their mark; but give it a little more time. Its really not a bad thing to be young. Relish it while you can and take it all in while your still growing as a human being.
He should vote the way of the smart people…and likely all around winner…which will be Hillary.
I’ll tell you why a 21 year old is not old enough to decide an important election.
I am 25, the same as you. I myself am also a young professional. We both have seen what the typical 21 year old is like. Yes, there are exceptions to every rule – there are very mature young adults, and very immature elder adults, but the general pattern is very plainly seen – maturity comes with age.
Then there is something else that comes with age that is a separate issue of maturity. That is experience. While I would say both of us are doing well for our ages, would you deny that someone who has been doing the same type of work for 20 years longer than us would hold some sort of advantage? I definitely would.
As for the other comments of people unable to figure out the system – read the article once more. This person was a senate page. He was hobnobbing with elected officials and no doubt worked his way onto the good side of many of them. Strategic positioning with a little bit of luck and he found himself as a superdelegate.
I will give him much credit for being so interested and involved in politics at his age – I know many of the same age who are simply apathetic. However, I do not believe he is prepared for the position. I could absolutely be wrong in my judgment, however given the situation of a 21 year old superdelegate, I’m sure the judgment will be right more times than not.
I have read several articles on CNN.com about this guy and every time I see his name I comment or try to email the writer asking “Can you please give me details as to how he was named a superdelegate?” This si the closest I’ve gotten to an answer, saying he was “elected as a representative to the DNC” though I can’t help but think this was some kind of honorary distinction he got for being president of his college’s young Democrats club or some such nonsense. I can’t see how a 17 year old could be elected to a legitimately important position in the Democratic party – again, I don’t mean that as a knock on his age, but we’re talking about a position putting him at the same level within the party as Bill Clinton, John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, etc.
He very well might be a very bright, educated, informed guy – in fact, i’ll give him the benefit of the doubt that he is – but so are a lot of people, and I’d like to know what his qualifications are besides being a Congressional page to be among an elite to cast what might be one of the most important votes in the history of the party.
Obviously, this kid is more of an achiever then some of you will ever be. Kudos to him on being a super delegate. I’m sure he is very involved with the running of the local and federal government and a great advocate for the younger generation. You don’t have to be 60 years old to know how Washington, DC is run. Half those politicians in DC act like Congress is high school again anyways, where it’s a no holds barred popularity contest. He’s an adult, I’m sure he has more insight into politics then most of you who seem to be envious of his status.
I think Jason is the target of a lot of frustration because he is being held up by the media as the poster boy for both young voters and superdelegates. I agree that he sets a wonderful example on one hand — a young man very interested and involved in politics. I think he sets a very poor example on the other hand — a superdelegate who doesn’t feel obiged to respect the will of the majority. I have the same critcism of any superdelegate who would cast his/her vote contrary to the vote of his/her constituency — Jason has just had more opportunities to tell us about his intentions than most have had.
I had an opportunity to hear this young mans’ interview on CNN and I was very impressed with him. I trully believe that he is going to make a great politicians some day. However, I was taken by his comment regarding superdelegates having more voice than the majority of the people. I totally disagree. I think we are in a crucial time in American politics and don’t believe this party can afford this kind of controversey going into the presidential election. The superdelegates should vote the will of the people not their personal will. This is the one thing that could cause voters to lose hope in the demoncratic party. If Barack or Hillary are ahead at the end, the superdelegates should vote in favor of that candidate. We need to win back the White House in 08. I trully believe that the formation of superdelegates to determine the election is undemocratic and should be changed. Barack is leading Hillary in pledged delegates but is lagging behind in superdelegates. This means that Hillary and Bill’s influence in Washington with the democratic party could ultimately determine this election and this my friend is ridicilous. We want change not more of the same….. Let’s not allow the republicans defeats us on a technicaility.
I commend this young man at being involved in politics when many people his age are indifferent about politics. However, I think he should put a current picture instead of the one from his 11th birthday. I think the superdelegate is a symbolic (also practical) position to ensure that the sentiments of a group of people are registered through a known representative. And I think that every superdelegate should not forget their duties, and not pretend to trump or actually trump the vote of their constituents to get attention (the supposed renegade superdelegate). Otherwise, they are better suited for a not-so-democratic form of government.
The superdelegate vote is awful for democracy and Rae’s existence as a superdelegate since age 17 drives the point home.
What makes his opinion less valuable? Probably the fact that instead of a mortgage, bills, and a family to manage – his life experience so far consists of ticket straight to the top – including conversations with top politicians, a presidential candidate, and a presidential candidate’s daughter. He says he wants to represent America’s “Next Generation” – but what life experience does he have that connects him to the ordinary people his age? Will he be a person of his generation, or a just another career politician?
Most people will agree that there is a difference between a 17-year old Rae (when he started) and a 27 year-old Rae. To make the argument that he’s not too young to be a superdelegate would be to argue that he was as wise at 17 as he will be at 27. He’s obviously not – and to catch up with him during the transitional period to maturity at age 21 doesn’t do much to make the case.
I’m 26 and run an office of seasoned professionals too. But my pride as a successful young person doesn’t blind me when it comes to my opinion of young, inexperienced people in positions of high authority. I give him credit for learning the process and capitalizing on the opportunity – but everyone and anyone who looks at the situtation knows that it’s a big stretch to consider this person as wise, mature, and worthy of such a pivotal position in the Democratic Party.
Jason is from my hometown though I’m closer in age to his father. Jason organized a campaign and ran for this. It was not handed to him. Yes, he’s young. However, just as I wouldn’t want all delegates to be college-aged, so I wouldn’t want them all to be senior citizens. If I’m not mistaken, you can vote at the age of 18 yrs. Therefore, I see no problem with representation of that constituency.
Also, I believe that Jason loves this attention. I trully believe that he already knows who he’s voting but is loving the attention he is getting at this point.
In response to Sean Patricks comments, I thought this was a forum a place to express opinions. Sean seems to be asserting that we should only post comments if they are supportive of Jason Rae or if we have questions. Well I did have a question who is Jason supporting? This question remains unanswered, but Jason did go or will be going to the polls today to cast his vote. Maybe your right Sean Patrick maybe Jason isn’t in this for the fame. Hmmm wonder why he has been on multiple TV programs and is still scheduling more? My guess is you are right he doesn’t like the spotlight…
To those that would suggest that youth would make him incapable of making such an important decision, you need to take a cold hard look at our current political system. While age does bring experience and, with some, wisdom, it also brings routine. Our nation is at a tipping point in which the youth of America have the awesome ability to change the tide on our current system. The ‘more qualified’, ‘wiser’, and older citizens of this country have been doing things the same way for the last 75 years. The political routine that our politicians have fallen into is doing little to boost America. One amazing quality that comes with youth is the ability to reinvent, think outside of the box, and see past routine. If we want to make this country one that is ready to move forward in this new century, we need to find a way to shed the habits of the last century.
The way for this to happen is to have American youth ages 18-35 step up and take control. We need to be vocal, active, and ready to make a stand. Why should we continue to follow many of the outdated and broken programs originally implemented by ‘older’ and ‘wiser’ men,
To all the young people on this forum.I personally dont think that we the older guys are on this young man’s case because of his age.But in politics experience is needed and no matter what anybody says this kid does not have it.Yes it looks good on His resume, but can anyone tell me why a kid who has faced no hardships in life can make such a crucial decision.This is not a game.I agree that this is an achiever and would do well for himself in future. But until he’s had some life experiences, this is all just a big joke that says a lot about this party.I’m an independent now.
Political parties are all to often run by older individuals who have been in the thick of it for too long. It’s important that the process includes a number of younger, hungrier individuals with strong idealism and a desire for improvement and change. These people represent a large voting base in the US, and should be strongly represented.
I think that a well-educated young man such at this who gets involved with the process early and often is more qualified to make a decision that affects the country then a truckload of seniors who check a box based on rhetoric and sensationalism. Experience is important, and I don’t think a majority of any political parties “head” voting members should be 20-somethings, but having some of that age is not only important, it’s necessary to a healthy political party.
I think its funny how people will question his maturity or experience at age 21. Yet no one is questioning the 21 year olds fighting in Iraq. Do you think they are mature enough? If not lets send some 65 year olds to the front lines since they have more experience. Who wants to volunteer first? I didn’t think so.
My feeling is that the superdelegates is a confusing phenomenon to the average voter. The people of the United States, the popular vote, should ultimately decide who the President will be. The superdelegates would be crazy to vote for something other than what the masses have decided. We certainly will find out their biases indeed if they go the other way. I think if that happens, the American people are definitely going to let them know what we think. I am 58 years old, other than the Kennedy era, I have not seen an election which has garnered this much excitement and involvement. Whoever you are superdelegates, be fair about it!! We do need a fresh new CHANGE in this country!
Does Jason think that America should continue with caucuses and superdelegates for nominations or move to national primaries for registered party members?
BTW stop hating the guy, his age is a non-issue, although I am old enough to be his mother! I know 5 year olds that have more wisdom in their pinkies than some 70 year olds. Truly wise people learn from the mistakes and experiences of others and do not have to go through everything themselves. He may be a better superdelegate than people that have been bought by years of big buisiness!
“Our nation is at a tipping point in which the youth of America have the awesome ability to change the tide on our current system. The ‘more qualified’, ‘wiser’, and older citizens of this country have been doing things the same way for the last 75 years. The political routine that our politicians have fallen into is doing little to boost America. One amazing quality that comes with youth is the ability to reinvent, think outside of the box, and see past routine. ”
This just in: Every generation for the past seventy years has said the same thing, as will every generation after yours.
Not saying that’s good, not saying that’s bad. Just saying that it is.
There’s a reason you have to be 35 to be eligible to run for president.
People that make comments like GoRae, “Jason, We trust that you will vote for whomever is the best for the country!” shouldn’t have the right to vote. The very fact that Democrats have Superdelegates shows how undemocratic they are.
I think people are missing the point.It is absolutely important that the voices of the future are head and that young people should be involved in politics.But when you are 21, still being cared for by mom and dad, all things seem figured out to you.I’ve been following this young man for a while and I can gurantee you his knowledge is very limited.He is very inteligent for his age, but still much too young.And the fact that he lives with his parents just dosent make me feel too comfortable with the responsibility that has been given him.Yes there are marines 21 and under fighting for this country, but how many of them actually plan missions. I was in the army for 25years so I know.Has any one ever heard of a 21 year old General? Experience does count a lot.I would feel more comfortable if he was 21 but has been making decisions for himself and living by himself for a while.NO DISRESPECT TO THIS YOUNG MAN HE IS A GREAT ACHIEVER.
I hope he votes for anyone BUT Obama whose wife it seems is only proud of her country for the “first time” in her adult life. Kind of makes my 25 years in the U.S.miltary seem like for nothing!! I sure hope she slept peacfeully for all those years!!
This guy should be an inspiration to all Americans. I am so tired of the divisions in our country, maybe Jason can foster the true change we need to be an indivisible nation. You Rock!!
You go kid! My daughter is 18 and while she’s doing well in college and I love her and am very proud of her, I must say that I haven’t seen her or her friends that committed to politics or many other things for that matter. Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re too young, that doesn’t matter. If you pay attention and you’re smart that’s good.
One other point, how many young delegates are there? probably not many, so your vote might not be the same as older Americans, it might not be the same as mine, but it will be a vote that represents your generation and that is only a fair ballance. That being said, I think that they should do away with superdelegates, and you and every young voter as well as every older voter should all have their say.
Keep up the good work…
And bloggers, don’t be mean …. if your kid was this accomplished you would want them to have some respect for it.
Stay strong kid… 🙂
I am 56 years old; Jason is 21. He will be spending a lot more time in the future than I will be. He will have to live with the consequences of our huge national debt, any wars we get involved in, climate degradation, etc., for far longer than I will. So if anything, he has even more right to be a superdelegate than the older folks.
I wish more twenty-somethings would move even more forcefully into our politics. We boomers have screwed things up badly. Our two boomer presidents – Clinton and Bush – are really two sides of the same coin. It’s always about them – not about the country. Thankfully, neither McCain nor Obama ais a boomer.
As for Jason enjoying the attention – right on! Play it to the max, I say. But don’t sell your soul for 30 pieces of silver. We’ve had enough of that in this country.
Jason, please tell the world how you get there, what it takes to be a Superdelegate at your age; many Americans do not even know Superdelegates exist .
Another question is that as young and younger generations now get more involved in politics, should or should not politics be introduced and discussed in public schools where kids are not old enough to make a sound judgment and to vote yet?
Personally, I would like to see politics be kept out of public school discussions until kids graduate from high schools.
Almost forget, which candidate do you endorse?
The superdelegates in this country are the same as the Politburo. Our president should be elected by the popular vote, not by a bunch of priveleged citizens who only want to maintain their position at the top of the food chain.
Jason, please tell us what process you are using to determine who you will vote for? Will your decision be based on media exposure, popularity, or comparison of voting records and where the candidates stand on issues you feel are important to our country, now and in the future?
To TELL IT LIKE IT IS,
There aren’t any 21 year-old generals are there? Didn’t think so. Keep your scope straight.
Mr. Rae has endorsed Mr. Obama. According to MSNBC.
Which Democratic contender has the better foreign policy ideas and credentials when it comes to issues other than Iraq and terrorism (such as the rise of China, Darfur, and the increasing belligerence of Russia)?
Will such considerations even factor into your decision?
Also, to what extent does your superdelegate status advance your intentions to attain political office? I don’t know of anyone using it as a talking point before this. Do you find that more people, on the whole, respect and appreciate your position or criticize and question it?
Finally, have you received any campaign cash from Obama or Clinton (even though I presume you don’t have a campaign account)?
I can’t believe there are so many of you that believe a 21 year old should not have this sort of power/responsibility. The truth is the top issues for Americans in this election (economy, healthcare, education and social security) have serious consequences for Jason’s generation. The money we have borrowed to pay for the war will be paid by him and his peers. The Social Security gap caused by retiring babyboomers will be covered by his generation. We ask 18 year olds to fight and die for their country and to maintain our way of life but when one shows initiative we claim he is to young and inexperienced.
This delegate process is a complete joke. This process is not at all representative of a democracy. If this process were in place in Pakistan, we would be all over it as being ‘non-democratic’.
Give me a break, this kid is still wearing braces and he is a super-delegate!
The recent debate in the media lately seems to be experience vs. inspiration as highlighted by Kirk Watson’s inability to name one accomplishment of Sen. Obama in response to Chris Matthew’s question on Hardball.
My question to you is, can you name one thing you accomplished prior to being elected as a representative of the DNC? (by the way, high school graduation doesn’t count.)
This superdelegate system is messed up to begin with, but the idea that this 21 year old kid might choose the next president, is ludacris to me. And we call this democracy? How can we trust a kid who looks like he’s no older than 15, to know who the next president of this country should be? And who is most equipped to beat McCain? In my opinion, he should vote like any other 21 year old, but not be given these superpowers based on nothing. Talk about lack of experience!
Jason is a homosexual, so I wonder how that will impact his vote given that gays preferred Hillary by +35 points in California
Hadn’t heard what you’d been up to until my sister sent me this article. Way to go. Don’t forget to represent RLBC.
“These days he is relishing the fact he’s being wooed by both sides for his coveted vote in the close Democratic race for the 2008 presidential nomination — dining with Sen. Hillary Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, meeting with Sen. Barack Obama and chatting with the highest-profile politicians from across the country.”
Having your vote influenced by who woos you the best – yeah, that’s a major break from the past. Rock on!
I think it’s great that Jason is a superdelegate. We need more young people to be involved and interested early on – hopefully they will be encouraged by the level of responsibility he’s been given. We may not like the superdelegate system, but it is what it is.
As for Jason – His age only adds to the diversity of the superdelegates – who can complain about that? He’s obviously been interested in politics for awhile and probably knows quite a bit.
Keep up the good work, Jason.
he has declared his intent to vote for sen. obama
How does one become a superdelegate? Do they vote twice the primary & vote again as a delegate or hold off voting in the primaries to cast their vote as a delegate? Either way, they are making a decision for me & therefore my popular vote did not mean a thing if someone or group is going to change its direction. Whether it’s Hilliary or Obama, the people should decide and not special interest groups.
Way to go!
I find it very interesting and inspiring that someone our age can have this much influence in politics. I am very proud that people of our generation are being moved by this presidential election and have not given up hope for change. I am so glad to see that there is someone who really can bring infulence and youth to this election. A new page will be turned and we’ll be living history in this nation!
To all those out there posting negative comments towards Jason for his youth, shame on you. This young man has the power because he, like many of the rest of you are American citizens who care about this country! I am 21 as well and would love the opportunity to know that my vote really counts, I mean REALLY counts. Every person in this country, young and old need to get off their high horse and make a difference!
Thanks Jason! For having the guts to get out there and vote! Wonder how many of those that criticize you actually VOTE!! My guess is…very few! Congrats!!
To Tell It Like It Is,
The difference is the 65 year old may have already been there…. in Vietnam, or Korea etc… so now they should have to do it again? You need to learn to follow before you can lead!
For once I would like to see news concerning a super delegate who does not participate in all these events where it appears that their vote is being bought. I know it is not illegal but where is the ethics in all this. I am a mom with two kids around Jason’s age and I would hope they would turn down the dining with Sen. Hillary Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea and represent the people of this country. Have Jason go to lunch with a group of young people he’s never seen before and see what their views are on the candidates if that is legal.
He just pledged to vote for Obama.
Hi Jason. Congrats! I am pretty sure I know who I am voting for. I live in northern Wi….north of Eau Claire in a small city-Superior. Neither candidate travelled north of Eau Claire. I think it made some of us feel that our vote did not matter so much to them. Have you had any discussions with either candidate about what they would do for our state? Can you share what they have said? And I am wondering if the northern part of our state was even discussed or if it was only the Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay areas? I love all three of these cities and have been to all of them many times….but also love my city and think it should be a piece of any WI plans as well. I think that it is so great that there is so much interest in this election and that there are candidates that have people excited about voting!!!!!! God Bless America!
As many of you mentioned – I think the issue here is superdelegates in general. Everytime I see an article like this, it seems that the frustration is “Well what makes THAT GUY’s vote more important?” This might sound really simple and stupid, but truly, what in the world is the point?
I really don’t think it’s fair to knock the guy for his age though. Sure, maybe he did get a few advantages – but that’s life. How many times have we all been told it’s not what you know…In fact, I hear that more from older people. Still, you can’t just dismiss this guy as some silver spoon kid — he’s probably very intelligent
And yes, there are a lot of bubbleheaded 21 year olds out there, but there ARE exceptions to the rule. I’m 22, happily married (and yes, we’re the same age), scored a prestigious career right out of college and yes, I have a mortgage. Absolutely NOTHING was given to me. I certainly don’t consider myself the norm – but it really bugs me when people brush me off just because of my age.
I don’t claim to be smarter than people more experienced than me, and to say that I’ve got a lot to learn is an understatement, but how about a little credit where it is due? I’m personally a little tired of hearing “Young people need to get more active” and then watching the same young people get scoffed at when they do…
On the one hand – I feel that Jason is probably (hopefully) more informed than most of the general electorate – and for that reason, I encourage him wholeheartedly to vote in the primary and general election (like the rest of us). I cringe at the number of truly uninformed people who are allowed to cast a vote.
But on the other hand – I agree with the comments – is he really one of the 800 or so most enlightened, wisest, and seasoned democrats who form the sage “superdelegates” that may very well determine the democratic nominee? If so – may God help the Democratic party.
As an aside – I don’t think age is the defining factor of one’s worth. Nor is accumulated years of experience. But surely there must be some greater litmus test than “elected member of the DNC”. If there is not, then let the will of the people be the deciding factor.
I’m not discriminating or criticizing the kid, rather, I’m critical of the system. I’m a Republican and I have to say that this system of superdelegates is the most retarded thing I have ever heard of. This is America, the land where people vote. To have a group of “elitists” who can essentially overturn a popular vote sounds just like those other third world countries we criticize so often. As it turns out we apparently aren’t much different than they are and this mus change!
I am happy for you and anyone that gets involved. I grew up in the late 70’s and voted first time in 1980. None of my friends cared or got involved I was an island amongst my long hair, pot smoking, party all weekend type of friends. Apathy seemed everywhere and that apathy turned in to what I call Alex P. Keaton Republicans in the mid-late 80s I hope your generation has more sense.
Rock on don’t let any Obamcan or Clintonian tell you anything!! you can keep a secrete if you want it is your vote. Bask in the goofy comments. Your old enough to die for this country, your sexuality is yours I don’t care and neither should anyone else.
Safe Journey Jason!!!
According to Obama’s site..he is supporting Barack 🙂
Hells Bells, what next?
Sorry, but a 21-year-old has no business in elected office. He has no life experience upon which to base the decisions he will have to make as an elected official. And as a superdelegate, this kid is REALLY, REALLY uprepared.
When I was a young buck, my old boss said that people don’t begin to get any brains until they’re in their 30’s. While I disagreed with him at the time, now in my mid-late 30s, I have to admit he was right.
It’s great that this young man wants to get involved in the process and learn. But giving a 21-year-old super delegate status is not only downright silly, it’s near borderline criminal and incompetent. Someone above mentioned the constitutional requirement of being age 35 before running for president. I agree, there is indeed a good reason for that requirement.
The fact that Jason Rae is a 21 year old member of the DNC, and hence a superdelegate is not ridiculous, all of our voting generations should be represented in our political system. What is ridiculous is the inordinate weight given to superdelegates in the democratic party selection system. Maybe Jason is exercising some wisdom by not making a public choice yet for president. Hopefully he and the other undecided superdelegates will wait until the voters have spoken, and then weigh in with the democratically selected candidate.
Jason has EARNED his superdeligate vote!! He has educated himself about the political system; more so than MOST adults. He is a LEGAL adult. Old enough to fight and die in a war, old enough to vote, old enough to drink…
People should stop spreading rumors about who he has endorsed, his mate preference OR even how young he looks! Grow up…it just proves your immaturity when you attack someone that you don’t know.
I’d trust Jason’s vote over soooo many others posting negative comments. I personally know one too many people that are voting for a candidate based on race or a crush, and they are years older than Jason!! Shame on people attacking a young adult with the knowledge that most of us adults voting do NOT have. Good for you, Jason, for caring enough to be involved from such a young age on.
OKAY FOLKS – THE RULES FOR SUPERDELEGATES ARE BASICALLy THIS – THERE ARE NO RULES. THEY CAN VOTE FOR WHOM EVER THEY WISH. THEY DO NOT HAVE TO CONSIDER THE POPULAR VOTE AT ALL IF THAT IS WHAT THEY WANT TO DO. FOR ALL THOSE BASHING THIS YOUNG MAN FOR BEING A SUPER DELEGATE – SHAME ON YOU. MAYBE YOU SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN OFF YOUR LAZY BEHIND AND TAKEN ACTION LIKE HE DID TO EARN HIS POSITION. KEEP DOING WHAT YOU DO JASON AND BEST OF LUCK IN YOUR FUTURE – IT IS A BRIGHT ONE I’M SURE!
Congratulations on your achievement, the position you hold is an honor and a priviledge not to be taken lightly. I can only hope your decision is based on a careful ponderance upon the intent of the party you represent in your region and a fair, unbiased review of the candidates from which you must choose. Don’t be caught up in the hype.
“he has declared his intent to vote for sen. obama”
Well good for him. Right thing. But he still should have answered, generically, that he’d vote for whomever won the popular vote in the primary.
I doubt if Jason remembers the good prosperous times we had during the Clinton years. I,myself ,am ready for this prosperity again. I don’t want to vote for someone who keeps promising change. How do we know if change will be good or bad? Jason,I hope you do your homework and see that this country had a surplus and we were loved and respected as Americans during the Clinton years. Please cast your vote for more of THAT same.
You’re a young person who rocks!
You can use this for the rest of your life to get the ladies!
Do you feel that this election has invigorated the youth of tomorrow to be involved in politics? Do you think that this election has created more politically involved youth such as you have been throughouy your youth?
As one of the ‘old guys” here. I guess I wouldn’t be soo skeptical if this Kid had served in the army or even lives by himself and not depending on mom and dad.I was in the army when I was his age, not being wooed by politicians for my vote and then bragging about it.The only difference between Jason and the other politicians out there is that: at least they dont brag about who buys them lunch.He’s making the same mistake as the old politicians that all the young people seem to dislike.His vote was just purchased…..
You know, I personally see no problem with this young man spending time with the delegates or their families as part of the investigative process.
This person has had the opportunity to cut past all the excess garbage that goes into an election and speak with delegates directly. Isn’t that something that you WANT someone with such an exceptional amount of responsibility to do?
if Rae won his seat for the future generation, then he has an obligation to keep that hope alive- A Vote for Obama is the only way to keep that hope alive.
A Pyrrhic Victory.
A great honor indeed, but WAY too young to have superdelegate status.
How is this democracy? Some 21 year old kid now gets more say and has a weighted vote than all other individual voters?
Just one more thing in the Democrat party that shows why they are clueless.
Congrats Jason, you insignificant spec of dust in the universe. Why not do something novel and support a candidate that is not endorsed and elected by the mainstream media. Select the one who really means what they say and plans to deliver – oh wait – then he wouldn’t vote at all!
Thanks, Jason. You have shown great wisdom at such an early age. The endorsement of Obama by the youngest Superdelegate is quite fitting, given Obama’s optimism about the future of America.
Unbelievable. How does a kid with no worthwhile experience in life get to have such a position of power? It just goes to show the inequality/unfairness in choosing such a position and the voting process in general inherent in the Democratic Party.
I think the young man is qualified to do what is being asked. Since he has done nothing of significance to covet this “honor”, he is in a great position to vote for one of two people who have also done nothing of significance to be elected to the top position of our country. The Democrats actually had a shot at this race awhile back…but the candidates they put forward, the disgraceful campaigns they manage, the primary process they administer (does anyone know who was ever winning on the Dem side?), and now the use of “superdelegates”? They have made it clear that in these times, we do not need inexperienced candidates being voted in by inexperienced “superdelegates”.
Jason is a great example of a young entrepreneur. He has branded himself as individual and risen to a role of prominence where he can participate in the community and meet new challenges to political discourse. In such a capacity he has used hard work, a vision, and creativity to innovate the way that people view super-delegates. Here’s to him potentially changing the world!
I hope to see Jason and others like him involved in Global Entrepreneurship Week 2008 (www.unleashingideas.org)!
I just read this on another site…
Remember the story of Jason Rae, the 21-year-old superdelegate who was schmoozed up by Chelsea Clinton? Well guess what? Chelsea’s not as effective at schmoozing as one might think:
A few weeks ago, 21-year-old Wisconsin superdelegate Jason Rae was taken out to breakfast by Chelsea Clinton in the runup to that state’s Democratic primary.
Two days after the vote, the college junior – who will be the youngest superdelegate at this year’s Democratic National Convention — is undecided no longer: he’s backing Barack Obama.
I saw him interviewed. He’s unusually poised and couldn’t be pressured by the media into giving answers he wasn’t ready to give.
“The Democratic Party is fortunate to have two very talented individuals running for President this election,” said Rae in a statement released by the Obama campaign Thursday. “It is a difficult choice for anyone, but in the end, the choice for me has become clear. I am proudly supporting Senator Barack Obama.”
He cited Obama’s support from an overwhelming majority of young voters as the major reason for his decision.
You are a glory hound, and are what makes politics stupid
Alex-YOU TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH!
As impressive a distinction as being such a young superdelegate is, I think the system is undemocratic. We should determine our elected officials by the popular vote, not by a group of “appointed” individuals. It smacks in the face the entire idea of a democratic institution.
Greylocke and Jasmine, thank you for telling it like it is
It is interesting that before the push for the superdelegate votes, no one knew who Jason was, and because he was being courted by the Clinton campaign (if you read interviews, he hadn’t heard from the Obama campaign), he becomes popular news. The news media picks up on the fact that he is a 21 year old superdelegate and now here we sit. And now he is being called a glory hound, looking for his 15 minutes.
No one mentions the fact that he: was a Senate Page; was elected, by the people of Wisconsin, to his current position in the DNC, with a majority vote over the other three candidates; is the Chair of the DNC’s youth council; was appointed by the Governor of WI as the youth representative to the Governor’s Commission on the United Nations.
Being that roughly 25% of voters will be between 18 and 29, I am happy to see that the people of Wisconsin elected someone to give that age group a voice as a superdelegate. And guess what folks, he is voting for the majority winner in his state, Senator Obama.
I may be older than your mom that is why I have a word of advice for you. You are being a young superdelegate, you will make the right person with lots of experience to lead our “SUPERPOWER” country. Do not listen to all this hype but, listen to your instinct and trust you will make the right decision at the right time.
I support anyone that at 21 is able to go to war for this country. Even 18, if truth be known. So certaily you are old enough for this serious responsibility. But unfortunately, a select few are acting as if voting for President is somehow entwined to behaving as a tween at a Miley Cyrus concert. This is not a rock concert. It is President of the United States. So all I ask is this…. please don’t say “this rocks.” Music rocks. But voting for President does not. It is too serious to be made into something so trival as “cool”, “rocks” or any other such term that I use to describe my friends, clothes, music or movie choice.
We don’t need “cool”, we need an experienced, qualified leader that can and will set this nation back on the right coarse and keep it there.
Jason, you will always be remembered for making the right choice.
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Pfft do yall really think the country cares which way this 21 year old kid with braces votes?
Jason is a hero. There is a movement going on in America. Jason will go down in history as having been part of this movement. Jason you are great.
Why are Clinton supporters so bitter that innocent Jason has pledged to support Obama? Other superdelegates state who they are supporting and no one abuses them. Obama supporters are happy people.
Obama speaks to our better angels while Clinton speaks to any angel who is willing to listen. Clinton practices bitterness in politics and her supporters are bitter and unhappy as well. Support Obama and be happy.
I hope this young person does alot of research before he makes his vote, since it counts more than ours. Alot of young people have jump on a wagon of grandstanding without digging into thier canidate’s history. We Know the Hillary and all the dirt on her the republicans will throw. But what about Obama? Here is a lil history for young people to look into, Toni Rezko. I’ve been watching the story of Syrian native Toni Rezko. We are missing the whole story on this political “fixer” and who is the one financing this machine. Obama has been involved with Rezko since 1995! An Iraq billionaire, Nadhmi Auchi, has been the source of Rezko’s funds for dirty work. Auchi is also investing in a nuclear power plant in Iraq.
I’m going to back my Cousin and say that all of you who doubt him are morons. This Man has done more for his career than most of you have in your lifetime. He wants to be president in the future…and hopefully he will be. he has strong views, strong goals, and just wants change in the world as much as Obama does. Jason is a leader, and is leading his fellow supporters down the right path. how dare any of you say he shouldn’t have the power that he does. young people are the future
I commend you Jason, you are a hero to me…but you already knew that. Keep rocking out! because these people who bash you about your age, your views, and your sexual preference can’t seem to get a grip with their own reality. Rock On Cos, Rock On!
BTW, voting would rock if people would take it seriously. it’s not a joke. thats how we ended up with a moron in the white house for 8 years.
As someone close to Jason’s age, I find it troubling that the article seems to imply that he has always wanted to RUN FOR ELECTED OFFICE since kindergarten rather than always wanted to HELP PEOPLE, SERVE his country, or FIX PROBLEMS.
I am hoping that the article is simply poorly written, because it implys that Jason’s goal was to be a poitician rather than to serve and represent the people.
Imagine if that quote went “As a little kid I always wanted to help people and did everything I could to solve problems in my neighborhood, then realized the best way to touch more lives was to run for federal office.”
We don’t need more politicians of any age or party affiliation who ran just because they saw poiticians on TV and in parades and wanted to be one of them.
I’d rather support someone like Ross Perot or Mike Bloomberg who was a success in their own right before deciding to get into politics to fix the problems they saw.
I hope Jason is doing this for the right reasons, rather than the prestige and fame of public office.
This is in regards to the situation on race and how some may be looking at Barack Obama like another comment I heard earlier no I don’t think what his pastor said should affect how voters feel about him! Many of us have preachers and may disagree with certain messages or beliefs they may say inside the church that you no way in any circumstances agree with! So I don’t think something his pastor feels should be help against him! We all are our own person! And I think JESUS himself is proud of Barack for boldly and bravely putting the issue on the table and out in the open to be discussed and taken control of instead of hiding and ignoring the fact that race was and still is a major issue in our world that need to be delt with! And who’s better to do it then some one who has lived on both sides of the race and knows the positive’s and negative’s of this raciest world!
These people are unbelieveable!!!! This guy is out here doing something great and all 90% of people have to say is that he BETTER vote the way of the people. Lighten up people!!!!! I swear I can’t wait until this whole mess is over with because people are really starting to show their backsides. WAY TO GO KIDDO!! I wish you much success in you political career.
OK, I understand that a 21 year old does not have as much life experience as a 60 year old. I get it. But let’s not forget what this man’s responsibility is… all he has to do is vote! And since when is a 21 year old’s vote less valid than a 60 year old’s? One of the earlier comments on this blog was that the kid doesn’t even have a mortgage… does that mean his vote should not count? Do 18-30 year olds just not matter? Superdelegates should be more representative of the people, not less. If all superdelegates are 60 year old white men (as most of them are) then we’re giving an unfair advantage to 60 year old white men. Adding one 21 year old superdelegate is a step in the RIGHT direction, not the wrong direction!
“I hope he votes for anyone BUT Obama whose wife it seems is only proud of her country for the “first time” in her adult life. Kind of makes my 25 years in the U.S.miltary seem like for nothing!!”
This guy just said our military is not worth anything. Feels servicing the military for 25 years is nothing. CLealry this poster hates aAMerica and the military.
How does it feel to have your words twisited into another compleelty different meaning? That is exaclty what you just did with Mrs. Obama. Bet is seems a little unfair when it is done to you though!
These Karl rove tactics are only working on the dumbest of the dumb and most people see right through this kind of nonsense.
I am in my late twenty and dealing with lots of subjects that could be giving problems to older than I but I get them done with facility. whomever criticizes Jason for his age is wrong because talking about age has nothing to do with good jugement. Sometimes a 5 years can react in a situation better than his 50 years olds parents. In that situation, I hope that Jason votes at last and not endorsing any of the Candidate. I hope that he really reflects the idea of people who elected him and chose what is really good not only for his State but also the country; who knows, today he is a S P D, tomorrow he might be a Presidential candidate. As said the older; acta secondo,; what goes around, turns around; your actions follow you step by step. He is who everybody is looking at right now to say that young people can’t do anything better; they act crazy, they do not think of what their actions can cause to their future.,, Please Jason, do not make us sad. Do not endorse anyone and make sure that you vote at last. When you vote, whoever has the majority, think twice and vote for him if his not going to be worst than what we have right now in W DC.
I do not think the global warming is just from a person.
I am in the military. I am 25 years old. I don’t have a problem with some “kid” being in a position of power….if he did his research great. If not, oh well. He will eventually get the experience that everyone is talking about and complaining he doesn’t have. Move on to something more important now that he has cast his vote.
My problem on this whole blog is the fact that no matter what, someone will be unhappy with whoever gets into the White House. Get over it!!! For those who have been bashing our current President, who is my Commander in Chief and who I am very proud of serving under, leave the country and come back when we have a new one. People believed in him enough to vote for him for two terms. Move on to other topics.
Today, i woke up to realise in my country – Nigeria – that a black man is running for American white house, i now sincerely belive i can rock the word despite my colour, well done Obama
Americans’ will display a high sense of democracy and civilization which they have been crusading all over the wolrd, if a black man – responsible one like Obama – will be voted as president. We in Africa are anxious – i hardly sleep on primary days, watching CNN despite the difference in time…